Levi Strauss heir reportedly joins wealthiest in Congress with victory in New York

Dan Goldman, who served as the lead Democratic advocate during former President Donald Trump’s first impeachment, would be one of the wealthiest members of Congress if he succeeds in his bid to represent a newly redrawn district in New York. York.

It’s no secret that 46-year-old Goldman, heir to the Levi Strauss & Co. fortune, is wealthy. But financial disclosure forms shared by his campaign with Bloomberg show the extent of his wealth. He has a net worth of between $64 million and $253 million from more than 1,700 assets, which would likely put him among the 20 richest members of Congress if elected in November.

Goldman’s assets include a wide range of stocks and stakes in a wide variety of industry sectors, including oil and gas, big pharma, health insurers, big tech, military contractors and major commercial banks. .

In a statement sent by his campaign, Goldman said he supports the Congressional Stock Trading Ban Act, a bill that would require members of Congress to divest their assets or place them in a trust without right of inspection. Goldman has promised to place his assets in a blind trust if he is elected, the bill is passed and signed into law.

Goldman said he had a “deep appreciation for the opportunities my heritage has provided me,” but added that “every American should have full confidence that our elected representatives act solely on behalf of the American people, without any appearance of conflict of interest”. . That is why elected officials should be prohibited from trading shares while in office.

Goldman is one of several candidates running in the Aug. 23 Democratic primary to represent the 10th congressional district, which encompasses most of lower Manhattan and much of northwest Brooklyn. Other candidates include U.S. Representative Mondaire Jones, who currently represents parts of Westchester and Rockland counties; former U.S. Representative Elizabeth Holtzman; city ​​council member Carlina Rivera; and Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou, a progressive supported by the Working Families Party. Former New York Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped out of the race in July, citing low poll numbers.

The winner of the Democratic primary is expected to easily win the general election in the heavily Democratic district.

Goldman also said he has earned $35,250 since starting his contract with MSNBC as a political commentator.

In the latest federal campaign filing, Goldman said he had raised $1.2 million for his congressional run, which he had yet to spend his own personal fortune on, although he had not excluded from doing so if necessary.

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